IYDL 'Motoring Law Alert’ - Mobile Phone Use.

From 1st March 2017, drivers caught using a mobile phone will automatically receive penalty points even if it's their first offence, under new government changes for motorists.

The Government have decided that some police force areas use of a remedial driving course is not a tough enough deterrent for using a device at the wheel.

Fines will double from £100 to £200. But more significantly it is the penalty points increase from three to six. 

Remember that under the Totting-up procedure, if you accumulate 12 points in a three-year period you will be liable to a driving ban of up to six months. Any disqualification would have to be advised to your insurer and would of course have an impact on future premiums.

How long does a totting up ban last for?

The recommended mandatory period of disqualification for a totting up ban is 6 months. Some Courts do exercise discretion and there are examples of 3 months being imposed but in theory, if you reach 12 points and cannot convince the Court that you should be allowed to keep your licence, you are off the road for 6 months.

Can I avoid a driving ban if I reach 12 penalty points or more?

Yes, if the Court accepts a submission of exceptional hardship. Especially when made by our lawyers. We frequently successfully make representations on behalf of our clients. So, if you have been stopped and face a driving ban , contact us as soon as possible.

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